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Catalytic | Chicago, IL and Naperville, IL ONSITE | Full-Time | http://catalytic.com/

We are a very early stage startup building a b2b product to vastly improve team and business operations. We were founded by engineers with track records of building hugely successful products and businesses. Our CEO Sean Chou built FieldGlass as CTO from founding to a very successful sale to SAP. Our CTO Ravi Singh has built over 300 mobile apps, founded several startups and is an advisor to several prominent VCs. We recently closed a seed round with backing from some of the top VCs in Chicago and the coasts.

Our stack is Node.js in AWS Lambda fronted by API Gateway and CloudFront. We’ve build an automated testing and deployment pipeline around GitHub, CircleCI and Slack. For storage we primarily use DynamoDB, S3 and ElasticSearch. Whether or not you’re already familiar with these or the dozen other services we use, together we’ll make sure you develop a working knowledge of them and eventually a deep expertise.

We're looking for folks who are kind, curious and tenacious and who have a solid understanding of CS fundamentals. Open roles are:

- Conversational NLP Engineer - Senior-level - build our chatbot / conversational UI.

- Backend Node.js Developer - Junior/mid-level - help make sure developers love the platform.

email me (VPE): ben@catalytic.com

HA! I'm down the road from you in Plainfield with office in Burr Ridge. The taxes in IL are killing us - have to get out. Curious, why did you incorporate in IL? I'm based out of Michigan but expanded to IL last year. However, the tax base is so high I'm looking for alternatives like office in Indiana. Just curious....

Ha, yea. The Chicago region has a lot going for it but there are a few things that are really painful. Cloud tax? Brilliant Idea! Despite that, taxes and the like are modestly-sized constants. They haven't stopped businesses from growing exponentially here and I don't think they're a reason (alone) to relocate. Though there will certainly be edge cases where they add enough friction to prevent positive feedback loops from kicking in.

For Catalytic, we'll live or die based on whether we can quickly find the right colleagues and customers. This region has a lot of both. And there are some very real advantages to starting here (big fish in a little pond, etc) vs SF.

Indiana is great, short drive to Chicago :) Though my actual income tax did not change a bunch, lower state income tax but then I have a local income tax of 2%.

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